6. Data Policies


The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Researcher’s Guide to Massachusetts State Education Data contains data-sharing information about “what data is available, how to obtain and interpret it, and, ultimately, [how] to generate better research projects and more accurate and useful results” for improving student outcomes in the state. The guide has links to data sets such as aggregate data at the school and district levels, as well as information on confidential student-level data, non-confidential student-level data, and educator data. The department’s data-sharing memorandum of understanding template and corresponding approval process reiterates the confidentiality of student-level data.

Issue Areas: Economic Mobility, Education